Global biopolymer leader Braskem and bioplastics specialist FKuR have signed a distribution agreement for Green PE. Taking effect immediately, FKuR will be the official distribution partner for Braskem ́s Green PE in Europe.
This new business field is another milestone that helps make our “FKuR – plastics made by nature®” strategy a reality. As a leading player in the European Bioplastics market we are happy to be part of Braskem’s innovative campaign for changing resource utilisation,” said Dr. Edmund Dolfen, FKuR’s CEO.
“Our ́Green PE ́ has the same technical properties as regular PE made from crude oil. But it is a unique and ground-breaking product made from natural resources. For Braskem, it was important to find a partner who has extensive knowledge in promoting bioplastic specialties in a commodity market,” declared Fabio Carneiro, Renewable Chemicals Commercial Officer at Braskem.
With its European sales force, FKuR will be an additional technology and technical contact support, development advisor and logistic partner for Europe. Furthermore, tailor-made compounds made from Braskem’s Green PE will be available under FKuR’s brand name TerraleneTM.
In September 2010, Braskem became the world’s first producer of LLDPE and HDPE from renewable resources. The ethanol used to make Green PE is made from sugarcane produced in Brazil. The renewable resource ratio per product can reach up to 100%, depending on the application. As a result of Braskem’s technology and raw material source, each ton of green polyethylene produced captures up to 2.5 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere, helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Another advantage is that Green PE is 100% recyclable using existing processes. In addition, because Green PE is not biodegradable, the CO2 captured during the sugarcane cultivation process remains sequestered for the plastic’s entire life cycle. Finally, Braskem’s Green PE has the same technical properties and processability as fossil-based polyethylenes.
This means that Green PE processing does not require any new investments in equipment or technical adjustments, which represents a distinct advantage for the manufacturing industry.
FKuR is a leading producer of biopolymer resins/blends for flexible packaging (Bio-Flex®) and rigid applications (Biograde®).
Braskem is the largest producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas and global leader in biopolymers. With 35 industrial plants in Brazil, the United States and Germany, Braskem produces over 16 million tons of thermoplastic resins and other petrochemical products per year. The company’s 2020 vision is “to be the world leader in sustainable chemistry, innovating to better serve the people.”